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Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

This past Tuesday, Kevin J. Anderson was in Atlanta in his multi-city hop for his solo leg of the book signing tour for the new novel he and Brian Herbert have written called Hellhole. Hellhole is the first in a new trilogy of novels by this team that has been working for the past decade on the Dune novels set in the universe that Brian’s dad Frank Herbert wrote six novels about before he passed away. This is their first collaboration not about Dune.

As I am a member of a message board forum Kevin J. Anderson has up for friends and dedicated fans of his writing, I was able to be invited to a pizza party he talked Tor Books into giving for the people Kevin knew in the Atlanta area. While at the party I got to meet Brian Conway who I’ve interacted with fairly regularly at the message board forum and at times on Amazon. He was a very nice guy and we continued in person the friendship we had started online. While at the table eating I wound up sitting where a few people from Dragon*Con were sitting and got to hear some interesting stories as well as talk with some outstanding people. I also got to sit right beside the guy that used to drive Kevin around whenever he would come to Disney World back in the nineties. Lot’s of great people for sure. Here are some pics of that pizza party:

Me with Brian Conway, Kevin J. Anderson, and Melissa Arredondo

Me with Brian Conway, Kevin J. Anderson, and Melissa Arredondo

 

Me with some kind folk of Dragon*Con: Nancy, John, and Regina

Me with some kind folk of Dragon*Con: Nancy, John, and Regina

 

Kevin talking with some friends.

Kevin talking with some friends.

After the party everyone either walked or drove just around the corner to the bookstore and other people were already there waiting and others came in after us. We all settled down and listened as Kevin talked to us about how the concept for Hellhole came to be and how he and Brian Herbert decided to add the extra right turn twists to make it something beyond what it would first seem to be. Then he shared info on the next Dune novel The Sisterhood of Dune and what’s going into the work of that and how they had to decide who the enemy was this time. He talked about the wrap up of the Terra Incognita trilogy coming out and a new trilogy he just signed a contract to write.

Afterwards he took questions and answered about everything from how he and Brian Herbert decide to put the Dune books together and title them for each Dune series, how he and Brian Herbert met, how is he able to “write” stories while talking into a voice recording device that his transcriber then puts into a document file for him and how he is usually doing this while hiking in the mountains, how he and Brian Herbert work on the actual collaborating part of their team-up on novels, some of his novels with Doug Beason, and the potential of a summary of the Dune novels. After that he drew the door prize winner and then he signed whatever books anyone wanted him to sign as well as all of the books by him that the store had in stock.

Kevin signing books for a fan

Kevin signing books for a fan

 

Kevin signs all the copies of his books in the store

Kevin signs all the copies of his books in the store

 

Kevin finishes signing the store's stock of his books

Kevin finishes signing the store's stock of his books

Brian Conway and I did some poses for the camera and then we all said our good-byes as Brian headed back to the other side of Atlanta, Kevin had to go to his hotel and catch a little bit of shut-eye before getting up for the next plane ride over to Dallas (at the time he had been to 98 bookstores signing books in two weeks including a lot of dropby signings before the scheduled one in each city), and I had to do my two hour drive back to the mountains of the northeast part of this state.

Brian Conway and I holding up the Hellhole banner

Brian Conway and I holding up the Hellhole banner

 

Brian Conway and I "guard" Kevin

Brian Conway and I "guard" Kevin

I felt it was a great experience as there are now people I know and am in touch with that I didn’t know before, and I got to meet Brian Conway in person, and of course I got to see Kevin in person once again. It was a very good evening indeed. 😉

(At the time of this posting, I do not have the ability to post videos straight to the blog, and the video I want to post is too long to put on YouTube with the access I have there right now; I am trying to find a way to break the video down into more manageable chunks to post on YouTube and then link from there to here; if I am successful sooner, I’ll update this entry, if successful later, I’ll do a “Part 2” entry with the videos)

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One Comment

  1. sounds like a blast, dave! i really need to go to one of those things one of these days …

    chila


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